Witzenberg Matric Fund helps alleviate hunger | Western Cape Education Department
Witzenberg Matric Fund helps alleviate hunger

Witzenberg Matric Fund helps alleviate hunger

13 May 2020

For the past four years, the Witzenberg Matric Fund (WMF) has helped several matriculants from the Ceres area to further their studies.

The fund will now also come to the aid of people who face hunger due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Sarel Brown, WMF Chairperson, said they received R7 000 in donations to the feeding fund to provide meals to residents. This follows an appeal by a former resident and journalist, Jacob Rooi, to businesses and individuals to contribute to the fund.

Rooi encouraged people who are in a more privileged position to help those less fortunate by making a small monthly donation. “You can deposit money in a fund that is credible, corruption free and not politically driven, and is managed by people who have already proved that they care for poor students from Witzenberg.”

Over the years, the bursary fund supported deserving students with amongst others, transport, food, books and laptops. “We strive to give a message of hope by providing funds to further their studies after Grade 12. When learners enter Grade 8, they are made aware of the fund to inspire them to work hard towards a prosperous future beyond Grade 12. They have to realise that a quality pass in Grade 12 will open doors of learning to them and ultimately lead to a better future,” Brown said.

He added that the Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) Emergency Feeding Programme at schools provided much needed relieve to community members who were left without an income due to the lockdown. The fund will be used to continue to provide food to the community.

The WMF is a registered Non-profit organisation and the principals of the eight high schools serve on the management.

Individuals and businesses can donate to the feeding fund by using the reference WSF (Witzenberg Saamstaan Fonds).

The banking details: 
FNB Cheque Account
Account name: Witzenberg Matric Fund
Account number: 62590819565
Branch Code: 20-01-07